5 Free Online Reference Resources

by Amanda May, Head Editor, INALJ North Dakota

5 Free Online Reference Resources

Amanda MayThere are a lot of great free resources on the Internet that can be used during reference transactions.  Here are five of my favorites:

Healthline BodyMaps – This site allows users to explore the human body in 3D.  BodyMaps includes male and female models.  When the user mouses over a particular body part, they are linked to an article and pictures on that subject.  Users can also look at the different layers of the body and rotate the models 360 degrees.

Old Maps Online – This site is an online portal to online historical maps in libraries around the world.  Users can search for the historical maps using a geographical search.

Ad*Access – This site is an digital collection that contains over 7,000 advertisements printed in United States and Canadian newspapers and magazines between the years of 1911 and 1955.  Ad*Access focuses on five areas of advertisements: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.

StillTasty – This site is “your ultimate shelf life guide.”  It contains comprehensive information about how long your foods and beverages will last before they spoil.

Abbreviations.com – This site is a search engine for acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms on the Internet.